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29 November 2010

A meeting of the Resources Overview and Scrutiny Committee held in the Council Chamber, Campus West, Welwyn Garden City, Herts at 19:30 on 29 November 2010

NumberItem
01SECTION A - Procedural Business and Policy Review and Development Items
02SUBSTITUTION OF MEMBERS

To note any substitution of Committee Members in accordance with Council Procedure Rules 19 - 22.
03APOLOGIES
04MINUTES

To confirm as a correct record the Minutes of the meeting held on 6 September 2010 (previously circulated).
05NOTIFICATION OF URGENT BUSINESS TO BE CONSIDERED UNDER ITEM 20
06DECLARATIONS OF INTERESTS BY MEMBERS

To note declarations of Members' personal interests and Members' personal and prejudicial interests in respect of items on this Agenda.
07PUBLIC QUESTION TIME AND PETITIONS

Up to fifteen minutes will be made available for questions from members of the public on issues relating to the work of the Committee and to receive any petitions.
08STERIA CONTRACT MONITORING

Report of the Director (Finance and Operations) providing an analysis of the service performance for Steria and the Anglia Revenues Partnership against contractual key performance indicators and service level targets for Benefits, Council Tax, Business Rates, ICT, Contact Centre, Reception and Switchboard.
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09EMPLOYEE TURNOVER NOVEMBER 2009 - OCTOBER 2010

Report of the Director (Governance) presenting information on employee turnover for the 12 month period ending October 2010.
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10BUDGET MONITORING AT 30 SEPTEMBER 2010 (MONTH 6)

Report of the Director (Finance and Operations) introducing the budget monitoring reports for the period ending 30 September 2010, which were considered by the Cabinet on 9 November 2010.
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(a)Revenue Budget Monitoring at 30 September 2010 (Month 6)

Cabinet report from 9 November 2010.
 
(b)Cabinet Budget Monitoring at 30 September 2010 (Month 6)

Cabinet report from 9 November 2010.
 
11COMPARATIVE STUDIES OF FINANCIAL SERVICES THROUGH BENCHMARKING CLUB

Report of the Director (Finance and Operations) concerning the results of a national benchmarking exercise for financial services.
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12COMMITTEE OVERVIEW WORK PROGRAMME 2010/11

The pro-forma which sets out the Committee's overview work programme has been updated since the last meeting to enable forward planning of items to be considered to take place. Items which the Committee agrees it would like to consider will be scheduled into the work programme.
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13RESPONSE FROM CABINET TO RECOMMENDATIONS FROM OVERVIEW AND SCRUTINY COMMITTEE

The Committee is asked to note that the recommendation contained within Minute 19 of the meeting on the Resources Overview and Scrutiny Committee on 6 September will be considered by the Cabinet in December 2010.

Minute 19 - Sickness Absence Monitoring 2009/10.
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14SECTION B - Scrutiny Items - Executive Members are excluded from this part of the meeting
15CONSIDERATION OF ITEMS FOR SCRUTINY

To consider

(1) whether any Cabinet decisions should be scrutinised post-implementation (Paragraph 14.1 of the Overview and Scrutiny Procedure Rules)

(2) whether any items which relate to areas covered by the Committee which a member of the Committee may wish to raise with a view to deciding whether an issue should be scrutinised.

The Administration and Opposition Groups each have the right within the Municipal Year to have one scrutiny topic referred to a Sub-Committee.

Where the Committee decides an issue should be scrutinised, a scrutiny Sub-Committee should be appointed to carry out the specific piece of scrutiny work (paragraph 6.3 of the Procedure for the Operation of the Overview and Scrutiny Function).
16COMMITTEE SCRUTINY WORK PROGRAMME 2010/11

The pro-forma to set out the Committee's scrutiny work programme is attached to enable forward planning of items to be considered to take place as appropriate.
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17CONSIDERATION OF ITEMS FOR REVIEW GROUPS

To consider any issues for review relating to areas covered by the Committee.

Where the Committee decides an issue should be reviewed a Review Group (ratio 3:2 with an Administration Chairman) should be appointed to review the specific item.
18RESPONSE FROM CABINET/COUNCIL TO SCRUTINY RECOMMENDATIONS/REPORTS

There are no responses to report to this meeting.
19COUNCILLOR CALL FOR ACTION

To receive any request from a Councillor for a discussion on behalf of residents on an issue affecting a single council ward where local problems have arisen and other methods of resolution have been exhausted.
20SUCH OTHER BUSINESS AS, IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIRMAN, IS OF SUFFICIENT URGENCY TO WARRANT IMMEDIATE CONSIDERATION
21EXCLUSION OF PRESS AND PUBLIC

The Committee is asked to resolve:

That under Section 100(A)(2) and (4) of the Local Government Act 1972, the press and public be now excluded from the meeting for item 23 (if any) on the grounds that it involves the likely disclosure of confidential or exempt information as defined in Section 100A(3) and Part 1 of Schedule 12A of the said Act (as amended).

In resolving to exclude the public in respect of the exempt information, it is considered that the public interest in maintaining the exemption outweighs the public interest in disclosing the information.
22PART II - Private and Confidential Items
23ANY OTHER BUSINESS OF A CONFIDENTIAL OR EXEMPT NATURE AT THE DISCRETION OF THE CHAIRMAN

Exempt reports are available to authorised persons only.

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